Cinco de Mayo at the White House Published May 6, 2011 • Updated on May 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm The Obamas hosted a Cinco de Mayo reception Thursday night in the East Room. 6 photos 1/6 SquareOne Entertainment President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a Cinco de Mayo reception in the East Room of the White House on May 5. "You do not want to be between Michelle and a tamale," the president said. 2/6 Getty Images The first lady did a little dance (not quite a modified Dougie THIS time...) after the president joked with her. 3/6 Getty Images Cinco de Mayo celebrates the 1862 Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. 4/6 Birdman Movie / Facebook Oficial The first lady wore a lime-colored print dress and a wide, scalloped belt. See more looks in our Michelle Obama Style Guide. 5/6 Getty Images Guests in the East Room enjoyed cuisine inspired by Mexican tradition. 6/6 Getty Images 0 More Photo Galleries Brag on Your Grad: Celebrating 2020 Graduates in DC, Maryland and Virginia Photos: Protests, Unrest in DC Following George Floyd’s Death Protesters, Enraged by Black Americans Killed, Gather Nationwide NBC4-T44 Friday Fun: Show and Tell!